One of our favourite family-friendly cultural activities is to visit the Heide Museum of Modern Art.
It’s just a short drive down the Eastern Freeway, the grounds are gorgeous and the sculpture garden provides great interaction for kids, the exhibitions are always interesting and accessible plus there’s a fabulous kid-friendly cafe.
If you have under 5s then I highly recommend booking into Heide Art Bubs, a family-friendly guided tour of one of the current museum exhibitions with a story-time, craft and activities to entertain the kids. It’s a great way to absorb some culture for yourself and to expose kids to art and artistic concepts, without having to worry about shushing them in a gallery.
Lady AB and I thoroughly enjoyed our morning at Heide Art Bubs and I would consider it one of the best kid-friendly cultural experiences that I’ve reviewed so far.
The morning started with storytime in the beautiful library of John and Sunday Reed’s home. The book was appropriately pitched for the age of the kids (we only have 4 in our group ranging from 2-4 years) and was all about colour ‘Lemons Are Not Red‘.
Then we visited ‘The Sometimes Chaotic World of Mike Brown‘ briefly, looking at some of his brightly-coloured, mostly abstract and surrealist paintings. As part of the tour you’re not given a lot of time to look through the whole exhibition but you are able to visit later in the day at your leisure.
The majority of the time was spent in the stunning craft room drawing, pasting, cutting – and devouring a delicious morning tea provided by Cafe Vue at Heide .
Actually, I think Lady AB was more excited by her babycino and unlimited thick-cut ham and cheese toasties, fruit and scrumptious lamingtons than the process of creation. She likes her art, but she likes her food more!
We also spent some time outside with the rainbow parachute which had Lady AB leaping around in delight and then wandered down to the cows at the sculpture garden where she ‘fed’ the cows grass.
Heide Art Bubs runs approximately once a month with a maximum of about 15 kids aged 0 to 5 years. The tickets are $20 for adults ($16 for members or concession) and in theory an adult can bring as many kids as you like for free! The next session is on Friday 23 August 10am – 11:30am.
Open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm